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Thornton returns to lineup for Sharks in Game 3 vs. Oilers

22 April 2017

McDavid has a goal and an assist but has been effectively blanketed by the Sharks' defence the last two games.

After being outshot 13-6 in the first period, the Oilers controlled the play in the second, with the Sharks struggling to keep up with McDavid's speed.

Patrick Marleau, Marcus Sorensen and David Schlemko also scored.

The Oilers have scored five goals this entire series.

But Draisiatl said they didn't abandon the game plan.

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Martin Jones also clapped back at Cam Talbot with a shutout of his own to cement the win as a complete team effort. We haven't been like that all year. The previous high for San Jose was a five-goal margin.

"At the end of the day, it was about them being more hungry to get back in the series and us not responding in the right way", Milan Lucic, the Oilers' veteran forward, said.

The scoring drought ended about as quickly as one could hope, after winning a faceoff in the Oilers' zone Justin Braun ripped a shot from the point that was redirected by who else but the master of defelctions, Joe Pavelski, to put the Sharks on top just 15 seconds into the game, and effectively sent the goal starved crowd inside the tank into a frenzy. Edmonton is in a situation that they would have gladly taken had they been presented with this scenario before the playoffs started.

The game started with a fast pace and much more physical play from the Sharks than they showed in Edmonton.

In Game 4, the Oilers got frustrated, taking cheap shots and cheap penalties, as the Sharks rolled to a 7-0 blowout win. Talbot misplayed the shot.

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The Sharks are 6-9 all-time when a series is tied at two games apiece. It does not really bleed into the next, though in this case there is surely the potential for the suspension of Leon Draisaitl after he pitch-forked Chris Tierney in the bits and earned himself a major and game misconduct.

We'd say that's a pretty good return on the investment. It was a one-off. Instead, DeBoer sees the alternate captain's sluggish play as a product of missing the final seven games of the regular season after he took a puck to the mouth on March 25. The Oilers come into tonight's game 49-26-10 overall and 23-14-5 on the road.

Oilers coach Todd McLellan said he later talked to Klefbom and the defenseman told him he was OK. "Big saves, timely saves, especially early on when they had all their momentum, he was great for us". Four of San Jose's seven goals happened with a man advantage, including the most important score of the night.

Cam Talbot. The Oilers goaltender has continued his streak of excellence over from the regular season to the playoffs. Pavelski and Couture each scored twice, Pavelski added an assist, Marleau had a goal and an assist, and Burns assisted on three others. "I think our power play in the second game mimicked our 5-on-5 play". He was on pace to eclipse his season average ice time of 18:04 through two periods, but head coach Pete DeBoer cut his minutes once the game got out of hand in the third. Pavelski set up Melker Karlsson for the overtime goal in Game 1, but has been limited to only three shots on net the past two games.

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Thornton returns to lineup for Sharks in Game 3 vs. Oilers